Wasps: Coaches Scott Barrow and Pete Atkinson banned after Exeter defeat

Referee Wayne Barnes sent off two members of the Wasps coaching staff during the game against Exeter
Referee Wayne Barnes sent off the two members of the Wasps coaching staff during the game against Exeter

Two Wasps coaches have been banned for a week after being sent off during the home Premiership defeat by Exeter.

Scott Barrow and Pete Atkinson each admitted "conduct prejudicial to the interest of the game".

Backs transition coach Barrow backheeled the ball away from the pitch and then blocked an Exeter player trying to retrieve it.

Head of performance Atkinson was charged over comments made to match referee Wayne Barnes.

Wasps led 23-15 with 20 minutes to go at the Coventry Building Society Arena but tries by Sam Simmonds and Jonny Hill gave Chiefs victory.

A Rugby Football Union statement said: "Barrow and Atkinson attended the hearing and admitted their misconduct.

"They were each suspended for a period of one week from attending the game in any other capacity than as a spectator.

"They will also be required to deliver a presentation to the non-playing members of Wasps staff on the Premiership Regulations (Schedule 2) relating to the operation of technical areas for matches, and also how their own off-field conduct was contrary to the values of the game."

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